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Using a situated knowledge lens to reveal knowledge gains for community partners engaged with a university – community partnership.

Hardwick, L and Metcalf, LJ Using a situated knowledge lens to reveal knowledge gains for community partners engaged with a university – community partnership. People, Place and Policy Online. ISSN 1753-8041 (Accepted)

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Abstract

This paper examines the types of knowledge gained by community partners working with social science students on the Interchange Programme: a university – community partnership that adopts features of Participatory Action Research and critical pedagogy. The paper draws on a qualitative study with sixteen community partners from the voluntary sector, and interprets the findings through a situated knowledge lens. The research reveals the strong influence the policy environment has on driving community partners to look outward to such partnerships. In turn, this frame influences their understanding of knowledge gained in terms of its usefulness in supporting their organisations to adapt to the external policy environment, particularly austerity measures. Glimpses of a more critical understanding related to the injustices faced by the sixteen community partners’ service users are also revealed, facilitated by the programme’s participatory approach. Although the study is small-scale and perspectives of the community partners temporally located and context-driven, it has wider implications for other university-community partnerships concerned to support Voluntary Community Organisations in their local community.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Divisions: Justice Studies (new Sep 19)
Publisher: Sheffield Hallam University
Date Deposited: 14 Feb 2020 09:32
Last Modified: 14 Feb 2020 09:32
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/12251

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